join us in Alamosa, the hub of the san luis valley, for a Pirate-themed festival this year! ice sculptures of your favorite Pirate characters, the rio frio 5k on ice, a fire and ice bonfire, the savory grub n' pub, the polar plunge, the ice carousel, Fat Bike Races + entertainment!

Below is a summary of the events packed for a fun, family-friendly weekend full of adventure!


Friday, January 25th 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Luminaria X-Country Skiing @ Cattails Golf Course


Thar She Blows! Join your fellow Nordic enthusiasts and the San Juan Nordic Club in cross-country skiing at Cattails Golf Course along the groomed trails. Equipment is participant-provided and skiing is completely snow-dependent. If snow is scarce, the event proceeds as a hike. 

For more information contact Adam Moore at 336-607-4465.
Cattails Golf Course is located at 6615 N River Rd, Alamosa, CO 81101.

Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00am

Polar Plunge & Ice Carousel @ Blanca Vista Ranch Ponds


Who’s ready to take the plunge? If you’re not brave enough to walk the plank into the icy cold pond water, join in to cheer on our bold friends. While there, take a spin on the Ice Carousel- a large spinning circle of ice cut into the frozen Blanca Vista pond.  Join us for this free, epic outdoor festivity.

Saturday, January 26 @ 12:00pm

Live Ice Sculpting on Main St./ Main St. Info tent opens

Yo ho ho! The talented and award-winning ice sculptors from Colorado Ice Sculptures LLC will return to carve parodies of the Pirate Life starting at 12:00 PM and continuing throughout the day. If you've never seen this amazing process, you're in for a real treat. Bring the kids down for interactive family photo opportunities with the sculptures.

Saturday, January 26 @ 12:00pm-3:00pm

Faux Snowman Building on Main St.


Ahoy, mateys! Take a walk down Main St. to see the creativity of Alamosa's business community in action. Snowmen made of Styrofoam, tires, and even kegs- among other items- have graced the sidewalks of historic Downtown Alamosa in year’s past; see what new creative snowmen appear upon the horizon in Downtown Alamosa this year. Winners of the faux snowmen contest will be announced at4pm at the Information Tent at San Juan and Main St.

Saturday, January 26 @ 2:00pm 

Pirate Costume Contest and Kiwanis Character Meet and Greet @ San Juan Ave.

Lads and Lasses, don any Pirate- or fantasy-themed costume for a lively good time at this friendly-competition. The contest is held at the Info Tent on San Juan Ave. and Main St. There is no charge to participate, but a parent-signed liability release is required. Sign up starting at 1:30 PM on-site. The first 50 kids are guaranteed a participation award. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each age division. Don’t forget to bring your camera! After the contest, all are welcome into the Nestle Toll House Café to meet and snap a photo with our favorite Pirate mateys.

Saturday, January 26 @ 3:00pm- 7:00pm

Grub n' Pub in Downtown Alamosa

Cackle fruit and hard tack! Not quite, but get your tickets early for one of the weekend’s most popular events- the Grub n’ Pub! Enjoy diverse and tasty fare from Downtown Alamosa’s most popular restaurants. Tickets are good for a sample appetizer and/or a beverage at each of the participating restaurants. For more information and to buy tickets in advance, contact the Alamosa Convention and Visitors Bureau at (719) 589-9386.

Saturday, January 26 @ 7:00pm

Fire & Ice Bonfire, San Juan & Main St.


Blimey! Have you ever witnessed an icy bonfire? If not, turn about to behold a chimney made of ice. Don’t miss this spectacular and unique event that celebrates the glory of the day.

Saturday, January 26 @ 10:00am

5th Annual Rio Frio 5k on Ice, Rio Grande near Cole Park

Shiver Me Timbers! One of America’s most unique 5k races kicks off at 10:00am on Saturday, January 26th. This spectacular 5k race is conducted entirely on the majestic frozen Rio Grande. Have you ever run on a frozen river? Don't fret; a small layer of snow offers traction while you take in the majestic views of the San Juan’s to the West and Sangre de Cristo’s to the East from the heart of the San Luis Valley! Runner's World Magazine named this race one of three "editor's picks" for running enthusiasts for 2015. Chip timing and unique “ice-themed” awards enhance this special race for runners of all abilities.

Packet Pick up:

Fri. 1/25 6-8 pm @ Nestle Toll House

Sat. 1/26 8:00-9:00 am at the Senior Center near Cole Park.